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DDoS Attacks Cripple Real Money Trading Sites

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the truly-i-weep-for-them dept.

Role Playing (Games) 30

WhaddayaMeanIHaveToLevelUpTheOldWay writes "A massive denial of service attack has disabled some of the world's largest virtual goods trading sites. The Korea-based sites hit by the attack are responsible for most of the country's estimated $1bn annual trade in virtual gold, weapons and other items for games like World of Warcraft. Local press reports are blaming Chinese botnet controllers for the attacks and claim that this is an extortion attempt. The sites affected have been offline for four days and reportedly handle more than 90 percent of Korea's online item trading — a business now worth more than $3m a day, according to Korean government statistics."

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Oblig. (0)

orclevegam (940336) | more than 6 years ago | (#20942533)

I for one welcome our new gold farmer DDoSing overlords.

No, seriously, I do, put em all out of business.

Re:Oblig. (1, Insightful)

djones101 (1021277) | more than 6 years ago | (#20942575)

I agree entirely. Serves the gold farmers right, they're getting a taste of the very same medicine they dish out to everyone else.

Re:Oblig. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20942629)

<channeling Nelson>: Ha-ha!
No sympathy here.

Re:Oblig. (2, Insightful)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 6 years ago | (#20943025)

I SECOND THAT! Those jerks are jamming the servers on my game. Half the day nobody from the US can get on because there's so many gold bots. They're practically DDOSing the game itself so it's perfectly reasonable payback. And plus all their chinese gold that they sell is coated in lead.
btw it only takes a couple people to actually shut down one of them. If you know of a gold selling website, just scan it for e-mail addresses. If you find one for the same domain as the site, get everyone you know to sign them up for like a hundred spam lists. There are A LOT of voluntary, mass spam sign up sites like what coupons.com used to be. By the next day they'll have GBs of spam and their server will either have hit some sort of bandwidth or mail limit or the sudden constant surge in traffic will just make their host shut them down. Plus they won't be able to do business through their e-mail account anymore. No matter what happens it will be bad for them. Try it sometime :D

Answer (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20942561)

Block everything that isn't from Korea.
OTOH, as Korea's got a high broadband connection density and mostly Windows computers connected to them, this may not work.
OTTH*, it's time that people take responsibility for broken backlights on their cars (pwned computers).

*Yes, I checked if that acronym exists before posting.

Re:Answer (1)

Cheezymadman (1083175) | more than 6 years ago | (#20942587)

Real answer: Block Korea from making more shitty MMOs like Gunz or Flyff

Re:Answer (-1, Offtopic)

MaineCoon (12585) | more than 6 years ago | (#20942615)

I would think it would be "OTGH"... but that only makes sense if you've read "A Mote in God's Eye". Definitely worth reading, if you haven't.

YES! (1)

kueball (248452) | more than 6 years ago | (#20942637)

I can see it now. Gold farmers decide to create their own botnets and then the real war begins

the people behind the ddos (4, Funny)

JoshEanes (1172285) | more than 6 years ago | (#20942669)

This just in - the ddos attackers were identified as all the night elf hunters in the game trying to buy gold at the same time. for an encore, they will find the nearest mailbox and type /dance

I can't decide... (3, Insightful)

Seakip18 (1106315) | more than 6 years ago | (#20942751)

Is this a good thing or bad thing? I mean, I'm all against wasting bandwidth and the such, but it's shutting down the folks that make me harder for me to enjoy a game like WoW.

I cans speelz and chack teh grammer (0, Redundant)

Seakip18 (1106315) | more than 6 years ago | (#20942845)

Ouch. Me harder for me? That just doesn't sound right at all. Self mod -1

Re:I cans speelz and chack teh grammer (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 6 years ago | (#20942919)

Darn, you found it before anyone could make a porn joke.

Time to change the business model (1)

dave562 (969951) | more than 6 years ago | (#20942805)

The gold farmers are going to have to stop farming gold and start farming zombie bots. That is definitely going to cut into the bottom line...

I doubt its extortion (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20942821)

If these companies make 3 million dollars a day according to the Korean government is seems rather silly to just ask for money.

What seems more likely is Chinese gold farming companies are hoping to take the place of the currently unreachable Korean gold farms.

No honor amongst... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20942849)

This looks like a war of thieves versus thieves. Maybe they will fight each other to oblivion, and the rest of us can enjoy our MMO gaming in peace without spammers sending /whispers for gold sites every 5 min. Thankfully, both Blizzard and SOE have effective filters now against such stuff these days, but it would be nice for the botting in high end zones to cease.

Cool! A Minnie Driver/Anne Hathaway love scene. (1, Interesting)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | more than 6 years ago | (#20942953)

> The Korea-based sites...are responsible for most of the country's estimated $1bn annual trade in virtual gold

What

The

Fuck

!!!!!!!!!11!1!1eleventyone!!1!

Dam! (2)

Thirdlight (1069356) | more than 6 years ago | (#20944157)

Why am I working a lousy IT job then?!?!? For once botnets do good.... Could u imagine if botnets were used to actually help people get back at big business's/politicos?? RIAA sue now quit, not, sell song never again!

Re:Dam! (1)

deftcoder (1090261) | more than 6 years ago | (#20946967)

I'm waiting to see what the Storm botnet is going to do...

You could do A LOT of damage with the number of hosts they have (into the MILLIONS).

Any way to participate? (3, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#20944969)

I wouldn't mind donating some bandwidth to the good cause.

Re:Any way to participate? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20945291)

How about instead you stop playing games that reward gold-farming behavior.

Gold farming shouldn't hurt anyone. If it does, that's not the fault of the gold farmers, but of the developers who designed a game that allows it.

Re:Any way to participate? (2, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#20950913)

Well, care to explain a way to stop it? I know many MMORPGs trying their best to eliminate gold farmers from their games, but so far no attemt was really successful.

And yes, gold farmers can hurt a game when they can monopolize shared resources. Areas that are not instanced can be monopolized by gold farmers. Even without this, they can have a tremendous impact on inflation, ensuring that new players cannot get into the market without buying gold from them, because even if they grind 24/7 they cannot keep up with inflation in some games. What you want costs 100 $money today, when you got 100 it costs 200, when you got 200 it costs 400 and so on.

That's where money farmers hurt a game and the experience for the player.

Botnets are games now???? WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20945077)

Who the fuck chose the games section????

What a brainfuck.

Pusillanimous Cretons (2, Interesting)

l0rd.47hl0n (1099499) | more than 6 years ago | (#20947497)

If it ain't real you should not be able to buy or sell it. Mark my words . . . only trouble will come of virtual goods.

Re:Pusillanimous Cretons (1)

patio11 (857072) | more than 6 years ago | (#20950593)

I have been selling software for a while, it is no more real than the database entries at issue here, and the world has yet to come to an end...

Re:Pusillanimous Cretons (1)

Random832 (694525) | more than 6 years ago | (#20955719)

forget software, REAL money isn't any more real than this virtual money anymore</ron paul>

Re:Pusillanimous Cretons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20952905)

Indeed, this whole "software" business smells fishy to me.

No physical media, no value, amIrite?

Virtual markets are retarded (1)

Jonny 290 (260890) | more than 6 years ago | (#20948481)

I love how video game addicts and lazy capitalists have taken a liking to the MMO gold market. It continues to impoverish those who would choose to give a Chinese gold farmer real money for a virtual currency that is produced, regulated and consumed by a single private company, (further) lessening their attractiveness to the opposite sex and keeping them out of the gene pool. And that, as Martha Stewart says, is a good thing. But wait, there's more! Every time these gangs of bored Chinese hacker/farmers attack each other, we get to bear witness to thirty-page whinefest shit posts on game forums across the globe because somebody's DESTROYING THE GAME ECONOMY (but you wouldn't complain until you couldn't play with them any more). True, it does go whitenoise after page 3, but the anger and poorly worded flames are always there for you to come back to, like a bowl of steaming chicken soup on a cold, blustery day.

This MMO-based economy has to stop, because we're looking at a full on Mountain Dew and Cheeto-fueled nerd ragefest the minute that Blizzard or Linden or whoever decides to devalue their ingame currency significantly or increase availability of 'pay to level' accounts. If you look at the level of inflation in these games, it's fucking _astronomical_. I played an MMO for three years and saw the average 'template price' for a high end suit of armor and weapons go from 4 mega-woolongs to over 500 mega-woolongs due to the increased cash flow from carrot-on-stick expansion packs. Would you invest in any real market that had those numbers? That's not just inflation, that's 'Italy caught in between governments' inflation; 'burning rubles in wheelbarrows to stay warm' inflation.

P.S. Second Life is also a heap of overblown perverse shit and you know it, so stop convincing ignorant college deans and CEOs that virtual flying dicks and man-on-dog sex in shady e-discos are the next Amazon.com. I'm starting to get seriously fucking embarrassed for all the middle to upper class white collars who are drooling over 'presences' in an environment that prides itself on giving furries, 'ageplayers' (aka pedophiles) and the mentally unstable an unrestricted sandbox to play in. I hope Linden has a gigantic retarded IPO with ticker tape parades and prime time news debates, so I can make a goddamned fortune shorting it when somebody breathes on that house of cards.

Mod parent up, please. (1)

Omnivorax (954787) | more than 6 years ago | (#20953725)

Well-written screeds like this are the reason I read /.

Not just the farmers to blame (2, Insightful)

LozHuf (1172745) | more than 6 years ago | (#20953685)

Seriously, I dont get why so much of the aggression is against the gold farmers/sellers. The real issue should be with the people actually doing the buying. If there was noone buying gold/characters etc then there would be no farmers. In my opinion the farmers themselves are the least to blame. Sure, the actual process of farming is screwing up some rich american's(or korean's, or whoever's) precious hobby, but from their point of view - what do they care? If it means they can put food on the table then im sure that that is their imperative.

If there weren't any lazy fuckos out there spending such a vast amounts of money on gold then there really wouldnt be any problems with the game economies being fucked over. If there have to be witch-hunts against RMT then I think a much more useful approach would be to vilify the selfish buyers than the farmers who are just trying to earn a wage.

NAME AND SHAME THE BUYERS! Nothing like a good old fashioned McCarthy-era witch-hunt ;)

Re:Not just the farmers to blame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21019969)

Maybe the Korians will launch a counter attack and they eventually put each other out of business. If they don't I hope someone else fills in for them :P
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